• September 27, 2022

Ana Maria Linares Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on S. Gessner Road in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- September 23, 2022, 52-year-old Ana Maria Linares died in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on South Gessner Road in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. in the area of South Gessner and Westpark Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 19-year-old Eddie La was driving south on the road when he lost control for unconfirmed reasons. His Honda Accord ran onto the sidewalk and hit Linares, who was standing near the Westpark intersection. The Honda then continued onward and crashed into a Toyota Tacoma stopped at a nearby light.

Linares was pronounced dead at the scene. La was detained and investigators alleged he was impaired.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Ana Maria Linares Accident in Houston

Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's concerning, but the alleged drunk driver being under 21 is even more troubling. As they work to learn more about what happened, I hope investigators will also make it a point to learn where that young man's alcohol came from. Not only might a local business need to face consequences for serving an underage customer, but they also might be liable for the damage he caused to the victim.

Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for any damages he causes while under the influence. In my experience, any business reckless (or at least inept) enough to serve a 19-year-old is unlikely to draw the line at over-serving him while they're at it. If a bar or other alcohol vendor kept pouring for the suspect and he ended up causing fatal damage to an innocent woman while impaired, that business may have a duty to make what amends it can to her loved ones for the part it played.

Ana Maria Linares Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on S. Gessner Road in Houston, TX

Obviously there are ways the suspect might have gotten alcohol aside from buying it directly. However, the mere possibility that a bar broke one or more important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where the young driver was and what he did before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting the victim's family some help, but it could also keep a bar or store from further endangering its customers and community.

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